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Lonely Planet Italy (Travel Guide) Paperback – 14 Feb 2014
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It is excellent for a bit of a potted history of the places that we visited and gives a general introduction - certainly excellent for general places to visit, traveling / transport tips and places to eat. You can't expect everything to be absolutely correct as it is a huge amount of information and business change etc, some of the things like prices and opening times differ from the book on occasions, it does also pay to check ahead to confirm details via the internet if you have the opportunity but this book is pretty comprehensive.
It also included a pull-out Rome map, which is I believe the same one that we had in the LP Rome book.
I would certainly be confident in accuracy to use it for further trips to Italy (we absolutely love the country, history, culture, and people!) and would probably stick with just this book than buying any more of the specialist regional versions that they also produce. I always find that tourist information places and car hire places give good detailed local maps and would use those to top-up this book if necessary. I would also recommend the Lonely Planet Italian Phrasebook - a little goes a long way when it comes to trying to speak Italian to locals!
It is broken down into four major sections:
Page 6 - Plan Your Trip:
Introduction to Italy, what to look out for (Italy’s Top 18), what you need to know in advance, touristy stuff, etc.
Page 61 - On The Road (“The Guide”):
P062: Rome & Lazio (with a detachable fold-out city map of Rome inside the back cover)
P162: Liguria, Piedmont, & the Italian Riviera
P238: Milan & the Lakes
P300: Trento & the Dolomites
P332: Venice & the Veneto
P403: Friuli, Venezia, Giulia
P429: Emilia-Romagna & San Marino
P472: Florence & Tuscany
P556: Umbria & Le Marche
P621: Abruzzo & Molise
P638: Naples & Campania
P704: Puglia, Basilicata & Calabria
Page 873 - Understand (local culture):
History, art & architecture, cuisine, etc.
Page 932- Survival Guide:
A-Z Directory, transport, language, index, etc.
The book is a bit big, so it's not going into the baggage.
My only slight complaint is that Lonely Planets seem to be getting bigger and bigger as they try to be more and more comprehensive. Mostly I left this book in the hostel as it was too heavy to take around all day. Time to buy a Kindle perhaps...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A guide to the country AND as important, how go get round, where to stay & eat.
Rare indeed are they bettered
Personally I much prefer rough guides to lonely planet. They give more real, honest reviews. Not the standard tourism spiel. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Miss L Ferrigan